As we work together, you’ll find that our integrated approach to organizational strategic planning, revenue strategy, and communications generates superior results, in terms of direction clarity to fundraising revenue and in community impact. These results are important to us; in fact, it’s why we’re here.
Organizational development is a priority for you—and for us. You want to help build capacity in those you’re helping, and we want to help build capacity in your organization.
You believe in the value of what you’re doing—and we believe in the mission and value of social impact organizations to bring about change in individuals and society.
In working with stakeholders and donors, it’s your goal to start a relationship and engage for the long-term—and that mirrors our approach to your organization.
We know stakeholder engagement and fundraising is most effective with full stakeholder involvement, so we prioritize the increasing of corporate, board, and individual support. We want your organizational strategic planning, relationship development, communications, and fundraising activities to make an impact, so we assess assignments and accept only those where we can help you make a measurable difference.
We understand that your mission drives all you do. And our mission is to support you.
Valeria Lassiter, Founder and CEO
Endorsed by clients as a top strategist, Valeria Lassiter brings expert analysis and unmatched energy to guide executives and leadership boards in organizational planning, revenue growth, and stakeholder communications. In 2003, she formed her management consulting firm, Lassiter & Associates, LLC, to provide mission-driven organizations with smart strategic planning, fundraising, tailored coaching, and creative training solutions.
Valeria has forged a career in public affairs, community-based organizations, and corporate philanthropy. As an adjunct faculty member with the Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership Program, she has trained more than 1,000 nonprofit executives in resource development. Valeria is a sought-after trainer and coach and has shared her experience and insight in such programs as Building High Impact Nonprofits of Color, an initiative sponsored by JP Morgan Chase Foundation and Prosperity Now; and the SPARK Program to build an inclusive social entrepreneurship ecosystem, sponsored by the Case Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Valeria holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from East Carolina University, a Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Babson College. She is currently Chair of the NEA Foundation and has served as a member of the East Carolina University Foundation Board of Directors and as the chair of the Women’s Philanthropy Roundtable at East Carolina University. Valeria is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery County, Maryland, and a judge for the 2020 AND 2021 .ORG Impact Awards.
She is the author of “Exploring the Experiences of Leaders of Color and Philanthropy” (March 2020) and “5 Things Nonprofits Can Control During Hyper Change” (April 2020).
Shana DiCamillo, Project Director, Marketing & Fundraising
Shana is Project Director, Fundraising & Marketing at Lassiter & Associates, and she brings over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Master of Public Affairs degree and a Master of Music degree from UNC Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia. Prior to joining Lassiter, Shana led resource development and communications for a legal services agency focused on older adults.
During her time in higher education, Shana focused on donor relations and stewardship, leading donor recognition, reporting, and events at a small private University; as well as working in frontline fundraising and alumni engagement at the University at Buffalo. She began her career leading the fundraising and marketing efforts for a community music school where she taught lessons to voice students of all ages.
Shana has served on the Board of Directors for Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network, the Dale Association, and the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center; and volunteered with St. Peter R.C. School in Lewiston, NY. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Matt, and their son Benjamin.
Vikki Conwell, Director for Corporate, DEI & Communications
Vikki is a communications leader with 20+ years of experience helping B2B brands and nonprofit organizations own their narrative and speak to their markets and diverse audiences. She has over 15 years of experience developing and implementing multi-channel public relations, social media and digital marketing strategies.
A skilled storyteller and creator of impactful written and visual content, Vikki is also a former journalist with experience writing, reporting and editing for major news media, websites and publications. She is a certified social impact strategist and nonprofit board leader experienced in recruiting adoptive and foster care families, and is committed to helping social enterprises articulate their impact, solve public issues and improve lives.
Jessica Harlan, Director of Project Management and Operations
Jessica brings over 9 years of experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors utilizing her strengths in operations, project management, human resource management, and relationship building. She specializes in creating, improving and implementing operational systems, recruiting and onboarding, and project management.
Jessica is the director of the project management team and operations for Lassiter & Associates, leading key client and internal projects as well as building a dynamic team to help our clients achieve the impact they want to make in the world.
Prior to Lassiter & Associates, Jessica worked at Arrow Electronics, Marathon Petroleum, Williams Lea Tag and nonprofit Oglebay Resort/Wheeling Park Commission. She has led a women’s meditation and mentorship group in her community.
Jessica holds a Bachelor’s of Science with a Specialization in Marketing from West Liberty University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Wheeling University. She also holds a PHR Certification.
Cheryl S. Clarke, Senior Consultant
With more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management leadership and corporate philanthropy, Cheryl S. Clarke brings a wealth of insight and expertise from her distinguished career at a Fortune 500 corporation.
Cheryl was a former deputy director at the Freddie Mac Foundation, where she was responsible for distributing $30 million annually to charitable organizations. Also, held positions as a Human resource manager and diversity officer for Freddie Mac.
She is an active board member, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) and the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington; member of Leadership Greater Washington.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from American University.
Barry Lee-Soy, Senior Consultant
Barry has more than 20 plus years of experience dedicated to helping companies and organizations effectively manage for today and creatively build to the future. He is a creative and analytical strategist experienced in blending emerging trends and internal capabilities to develop, implement, and monitor the execution of business strategies.
Career highlights include various strategy positions in the technology industry at HP; consulting IBM Global Services’ restaurant and cruise industry clients on the transformation of planning and performance/management reporting processes; enabling a large Booz Allen Hamilton public sector client to develop the capability to detect, treat, and monitor categories of non-compliant tax return preparer behavior; and collaborating with AARP Services Inc’s Health Products and Services (HPS) business units on creating actionable product and service concepts based on human-centered methodology and design thinking.
Mr. Lee-Soy has an MBA from the Carnegie Mellon University, and Bachelor degrees from Pace University and the University of South Florida.
Cassandra Harding, Research Development Associate
Cassandra “Cassie” Harding always leads with a question. Her natural curiosity and affinity for storytelling motivated her to earn a Bachelor of Arts in History with honors from Davidson College. Cassie, with her extensive research experience, excels at critical thinking, concise writing, and effective presentation. She is a recognized co-author of a chapter within a pending scholarly publication about race relations and the law in the 20th century South.
As a member of the Lassiter & Associates team, Cassie oversees the development of articles for the Thought Leadership series. Her role involves brainstorming, research collection, draft writing, and revision—with an end goal of producing informative work for social change.